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Phoenix: From Neglect to Neglect

All Images Shown Here Are Public Information

Phoenix Sitting 072508

 These are pictures of the dog, known as Phoenix, in July 2008.
He appears chained near an empty dogfood bag.

Phoenix Standing 072508

 Jefferson County Deputy Sloan contacts The Greater Birmingham Humane Society
about an alleged animal cruelty situation.

GBHS Cruelty Investigation Report 072508

 Birmingham-Jefferson County Animal Control Services, Inc.
impounds Phoenix on July 25, 2008; holding him as evidence
in the cruelty case.

BJC General Information Report 072508

 A County Police Officer releases Phoenix to BJCAC.

Guardian Release to BJC 072508

BJCAC's veterinarian assesses Phoenix on July 29, 2008.

BJC Seizure Asses Observ Treat Log 072908

 The cruelty case is concluded, and Phoenix is remanded to The Greater
Birmingham Humane Society on June 19, 2009 by Judge Watkins.

Order of Disposition of Seized Dog_Cat

 June 19, 2009, Greater Birmingham Humane Society receives Phoenix
from Birmingham-Jefferson County Animal Control Services, Inc.

GBHS Agency Receipt Phoenix 061909

 Greater Birmingham Humane Society veterinarian evaluates Phoenix.
Video of Phoenix

 GBHS sends letters [with documentation, photos, and video] ,
such as the one below, to all County Commissioners
and Birmingham City Councilors.
No one responds.

GBHS Letter to CoCommissioners City Councilors

After The Greater Birmingham Humane Society's best efforts,
Phoenix dies.


(Links to Jefferson County Commissioners and Birmingham City Councilors
contact information is available on this blog’s homepage)


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  1. Gena Lyn Froggatt / Jan 21 2013 7:48 PM

    You may be interested, if not heard already, about Black Jack, the street dog picked up in Pinson by 2 animal collection officers from BJC AC and dragged along the floor. He is known in the neighbourhood and fed by many residents. There is an uproar on BJC ANIMAL CONTROL Facebook page which I assume will be removed ASAP by them but the camera never lies and a man pulling a sitting dog behind him as you would a child on a sledge is out of order as you’ll see by the picture.

    • V A Nichols / Jan 22 2013 12:04 AM

      Hi Lyn, thank you for the heads-up! I have visited the BJCAC Facebook page, read the comments about ‘Jack,’ and the response by BJCAC.

      If I may make a recommendation: The City of Pinson has a contract with BJCAC to pick-up ‘stray’ dogs in Pinson. Typically, the contract would be passed by the Pinson City Council. It is the elected officials, that make up the Pinson City Council, that need to be hearing ALL of the public outrage about ‘Jack.’

      The general phone number for Pinson Government is (205) 680-5556. You should be able to call the number and ask to speak to a City Councilor or the mayor’s office and make your outrage known. (Try to be civil.) (Do not be intimidated…these are elected officials…who work for the citizens of Pinson…you pay their salaries with your tax dollars.)

      Some helpful links:

      Pinson Mayor’s Facebook page:

      Pinson City Council:

      There should be justice for ‘Jack.’ I hope he is safe tonight.


  2. BARBARA HARBERT / Aug 21 2010 2:24 PM


    • V A Nichols / Aug 21 2010 3:58 PM

      Hi Bee,

      Thank you for the question.

      At the time that the original information was posted here, all Birmingham City Councilors had received an information packet with pictures and video from GBHS regarding Phoenix, and the County attorney had been notified. (There is, also, a comment stating that ‘Jill’ was writing to the District Attorney. I know of no response to her letter.)

      Sadly, with Phoenix’s death, I believe elected officials hoped the incident would go away.

      I know of no other action taken in regard to this incident.

      If all of this is upsetting to you, and you live in Jefferson County, you are encouraged to join the Jefferson County Voters for Animal Protection voting bloc.

      [] and on Facebook [!/pages/Jefferson-County-Voters-for-Animal-Protection/120993957933849?ref=ts]

      Part of our agenda is an animal control oversight committee. Taking a somewhat unique approach to previous attempts at an oversight committee, we seek a citizen representative from each of the five county-commission districts.

      Another part of the JCVAP agenda is minimum care standards for animals at shelters, animal control facilities, pet stores, and rescues.

      This whole situation has continued to make me very angry, and so very sad for Phoenix, who literally went from neglect to neglect. By the time he made it to GBHS it was too late.

      The overwhelming silence of government has been a huge disappointment, and a motivation in the creation of the JCVAP voting bloc. The incoming County Commission Candidates will want our votes…….and in return we want improved animal protection!

  3. Cindy / Mar 16 2010 2:03 PM

    I would like everyone to know that GBHS fought for this dog from the time it was taken into Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control until the day he died. They were at the mercy of the courts. Once Phoenix was released to GBHS he received outstanding care and love from GBHS. Four days after arriving at GBHS he went to a loving foster home where he slept in a warm bed with his foster mom and dad and was an official indoor family member. He was in the process of being adopted by his new foster family when he was overcome with complications due to heartworms. He may have been in hell for the first years of his life but the last 6 weeks were “family bliss”!!

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  8. Brandi Langford McKinney / Dec 3 2009 8:16 PM

    This story sickens me.

  9. Joanne Kennedy / Dec 3 2009 12:54 PM

    What a pathetic SHAME that GBHS did not/could not or would not intervene in Phoenix’s behalf ten months EARLIER than they did! This poor “voiceless victim” could have lived a happy, care-free life if only SOMEONE had cared, even a little bit, for this unfortunate creature. R.I.P. sweet little Phoinix…you were NEVER, “just a dog” to any of the animal advocates around the world who would have loved you and taken care of you for the rest of your live. See you at the Rainbow Bridge little buddy.

    • kindredspiritus / Dec 5 2009 9:49 PM

      Hi joanne,

      Thank you for posting a comment on the HGforAnimals blog.

      It is my understanding that Phoenix being impounded at animal control was court mandated. So many employees at animal control saw him daily; it is all of them who bear responsibility, in my opinion.

      • Joanne Kennedy / Dec 30 2009 4:50 PM

        I totally agreethat the responsibility
        for Phoenix’s health, life, and well-being falls on every employee. However, having been an employee of an “Animal Control” facility many years ago, I soon realized that whatever the “head honcho” wants done regarding the animals is exactly what GETS done. Sad, but true. I, personally, lost my job because I exploited some of the illegal & immoral things that went on at the facility I worked at. The only good thing that came of my “formal” complaint was that the story hit all the newspapers in that county, which resulted in the animals getting treated better while they were “incarcerated!”

        Losing my job for causing such a rucus was probably one of the better things that happened to me back then because it just propelled me into animal rescue that much sooner, :-)

  10. April / Dec 3 2009 11:25 AM

    I just sent a letter to the Jefferson County District Attorney. He is the one with the authority to investigate this case. Send a letter to:
    Brandon K. Falls
    Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office
    801 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. North
    Birmingham , Alabama 35203-0121

    You can also contact the Alabama State Veterinarian:

    • kindredspiritus / Dec 5 2009 9:56 PM


      Please let it be known if you receive a reply from the Jefferson County DA. There seems to be a lot of fear and intimidation on this issue in this area.

      Perhaps you can open the door to shed light on this awful situation.

      Victoria ~

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